Future 50: Metahaven 01.08.13

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"We are fascinated by the shared ground between politics and aesthetics," Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden of Metahaven say. As much think-tank as graphic design studio, Metahaven has an activist edge – it proposes unsolicited ideas as much as it responds to commissions. "We keep aligning ourselves with graphic design, but bridge this with 'situational agility'. This involves multi-year research projects around actors we are interested in – such as WikiLeaks – and issues we find relevant, resulting in new work, which informs our other work." The "visible and invisible political and aesthetic forces" of today's world and its transition from convenient to disruptive structures informs Metahaven's work. From fundraising products for WikiLeaks to a website documenting an opera that subverts the conventions of interaction design, the group's work is a direct response to our ever-changing world. As Kruk and Van Der Velden say: "Things have never been as interesting as now."

Amsterdam
www.metahaven.net

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